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High Meadows School

Address
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Contact Info
770.993.2940
info@highmeadows.org

School Hours
Monday – Friday
8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lisa Baker Named Head of School and Camp Beginning in the 2020-2021 School Year

The High Meadows Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce the appointment of Lisa Baker as Head of School and Camp effective July 1, 2020. She will lead planning and programming, community building, financial management, attracting and developing faculty and staff, stewardship of the the 42-acre campus, and ultimately carrying out the High Meadows mission.

A specially formed search committee and the High Meadows Board of Trustees selected Baker unanimously because of her commitment to progressive education, student voice and choice, and strong understanding of the school’s mission and educational philosophy. She has more than 30 years of experience in schools including leadership experience in several independent schools.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve as the next Head of School for High Meadows School and Camp. High Meadows has a rich, nearly 50-year history and remarkable commitment to creating an environment where students thrive and where their natural sense of wonder and curiosity is fueled. Joining this school family of passionate learners and inquisitive minds is a remarkable opportunity for which I am deeply grateful.”

Lisa currently serves as Head of Upper School at Bancroft School in Worchester, Mass where she is a visionary and charismatic leader. Recently she co-chaired on the Strategic Planning Team and launched the Social Justice and Equity Task Force. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with the Board. Baker began her career in education as a middle school teacher and coach and did the practicum for her counseling degree in a middle school setting. She began her path to educational leadership as the Camp Director at Camp Greenway at The Madeira School in McLean, Va.

“When we embarked on the journey to find a new head of school and camp, we asked the High Meadows community for input about the kind of leader we were looking for, and the feedback we received was very thoughtful and consistent,” says Javier Estrella, chair of the head of school search committee and vice chair of the High Meadows Board of Trustees. “Lisa Baker is an experienced independent school leader who identifies as an educator and celebrates childhood and child-centered learning, both highly-regarded values of High Meadows. We believe she embodies our values and are confident she will lead our faculty, staff, and entire school and camp community to a bright future.”

Lisa looks forward to moving with her family to the Atlanta area. She is passionate about giving back to the community. She and her extended family form the number one National Family Team for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Together they have raised more than $4M for the organization.

Recent Communication

Updated: August 2019

The High Meadows board has partnered with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an independent school search firm, to assist with the process of hiring the next Head of School & Camp. We have received over 60 applicants with very diverse backgrounds, some local to Atlanta, many from progressive school backgrounds and a few from different parts of the world. There is one thing in common with all the candidates – they are very passionate about the future of High Meadows.

Information for the position including desired qualities and qualifications can be found on the Carney Sandoe website. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for our next Head of School and Camp, please reach out to our search consultants Barbara Daush at barbara.daush@carneysandoe.comand Bill Christ at bill.christ@carneysandoe.com.

If you have any questions directly for the Board or Search Committee at High Meadows, please reach out to HoSsearch@highmeadows.org.

May 12, 2019

High Meadows School is pleased to announce the appointment of Bud Lichtenstein as interim Head of School & Camp, effective July 15, 2019. In this role, he will lead planning, budgeting and all other operations for the school and camp for the 2019 – 2020 school year. During that time, the school will conduct a search for a permanent Head of School. Mr. Lichtenstein will work closely with the current Head of School, Jay Underwood, throughout the remainder of the current school year to ensure a seamless leadership transition.

The High Meadows Board of Directors selected Mr. Lichtenstein for his belief in progressive education, approach to student voice and choice, a strong understanding of the school’s mission and educational philosophy, and experience leading an independent school. He most recently served as the Interim Head of Schoo at the Rashni School in Dedham, MA. There, he managed all aspects of administration including finances, admissions, fundraising, alumni relations, teacher supervision, and curriculum development.  He also has extensive experience leading curriculum development and building collaborative school partnerships at various schools in the Northeast.

 

March 1, 2019

The Head of School (HoS) Search Committee has been approved by the High Meadows Board of Trustees. We thank everyone who expressed interest to be on this committee and we are grateful for all volunteers that dedicate time to our school and camp. The Board has chosen 15 individuals that will help select the future Interim and permanent Head of School. These individuals represent all areas of our community including parents, teachers, staff, administrators, alumni, and camp.

The HoS Search Committee has been tasked with the process of defining what our school needs in a leader, screening candidate resumes and conducting full day in-person interviews for the finalists. Additionally, the HoS Search Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for its vote and approval. We will continue to communicate updates through the Meadow Messenger and on our Community Updates page on the website. As part of this process, there will be an opportunity for members of our community to express their views and meet the candidates. If you have any questions or information you would like to share with the committee, feel free to always reach out to HoSsearch@highmeadows.org. Communications will be shared with the committee. If you have any Board questions – please email BOTfeedback@highmeadows.org.

  • Javier Estrella- HoS Search Committee Chair, HMS Trustee, Current Parent
  • Holly Berg- Technology Integration Specialist, Middle Years Mini-Course Instructor
  • Sarah Bobbitt- Early Years Teacher (Pre-K), Alumna, Current Parent
  • Clive Davis- Chair of HM Inclusion & Diversity Committee, Current & Alumni Parent
  • Erica Davis- HMS Trustee, Current Parent, Camp Parent
  • Gary Denning- Current & Alumni Parent, Former HM Teacher
  • Rebecca Drage- Early Years Teacher (K/1), Camp Counselor
  • John Dovic- Director of Camp and After School Programs
  • Margaret Jones- Associate Head of School, Elementary and Middle Years Principal
  • Stephanie Knapp- Current Parent, Camp Parent, Former SHARE Board member
  • Anne Lovatt- Middle Years Teacher, Camp Counselor, Alumna
  • Kate McElvaney- Director of Educational Advancement, Director of CPL, Alumni Parent
  • Mark Sedgley- HMS Trustee, Current Parent
  • Pat Wolf- Former Middle Years Principal and Teacher, Alumni Parent, Current Grandparent

 

Search Process Timeline

2018

August

  • Jay Underwood announces his departure after the 2018-2019 school year.

December

  • Selection of Carney Sandoe, & Associates for Search Consultants

2019

January

  • Head of School Search committee nominated, comprised of 15 community members is formed and tasked with leading the search process

February

  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates conduct a site visit on High Meadows campus to meet with school, camp and alumni communities to collect information and inform the head of school position description

March – April

  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates present Interim candidates, and HoS Search Committee nominate finalists
  • Interim lead candidates visit campus for community interviews
  • HoS Search Committee present final candidate to Board of Trustees for vote for Interim Head of School & Camp

May

  • Announcement to the community of 2019-20 school year Interim Head of School & Camp

May – June

  • Head of School & Camp job description approved for posting of permanent head for 2020-21 school year
  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates receives applications, develops a pool of candidates and reviews credentials

July

  • Interim Head of School, Bud Lichtenstein joins High Meadows community

August

  • Head of School & Camp applicants vetted and interviewed by Carney Sandoe are shared with the HoS Search committee for consideration for the open position
  • HoS Search Committee meets to assess qualifications and give feedback to search firm

September

  • Semi-finalist candidates are selected and interviewed by the HoS Search Committee, Finalist are chosen
  • Finalists visit High Meadows for community interviews

October – November

  • HoS Search Committee nominates a candidate and presents to the Board of Trustees
  • New Head of School & Camp is elected
  • News is shared with the High Meadows community

2020

  • Transition exercises with the Interim HoS
  • The new Head of School and Camp assumes responsibilities in Summer 2020

 

Head of School Search Committee Members

  • Javier Estrella – HoS Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Current Parent
  • Erica Davis -HoS Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Current Parent, Camp Parent
  • Holly Berg – Technology Integration Specialist, Middle Years Mini-Course Instructor
  • Sarah Bobbitt – Early Years Teacher (Pre-K), Alumna, Current Parent
  • Clive Davis – Chair of Inclusion & Diversity Committee, Current & Alumni Parent
  • Gary Denning – Current & Alumni Parent, Former Teacher
  • Rebecca Drage – Early Years Teacher (K/1), Camp Counselor
  • John Dovic – Director of Camp and After School Programs
  • Margaret Jones – Associate Head of School, Elementary & Middle Years Principal
  • Stephanie Knapp – Current Parent, Camp Parent, Former SHARE Board member
  • Anne Lovatt – Middle Years Teacher, Camp Counselor, Alumna
  • Kate McElvaney – Director of Educational Advancement, Director of CPL, Alumni Parent
  • Mark Sedgley – Trustee, Current Parent
  • Pat Wolf – Former Middle Years Principal and Teacher, Alumni Parent, Current Grandparent